New RIB range

Mon, 11 August 2014

UK boatbuilder Vanguard International have partnered with a Portuguese company to build a whole new range of RIBs covering a range of sizes and tube material options across both the commercial and leisure sectors.

The Vanguard RIB range will be manufactured in Vila Nova De Cerveira, Portugal with the collaboration and support of the Boat builder Starfisher manufacturing the GRP Hulls.

The range will consist of four medium V RIBs from 4 metres to 7.6 metres and three deep V RIBs from 5.4 metres to 8.7 metres. A SOLAS RIB and the other commercial RIBs will be available shortly.

The entire production process is carried out under the extensive, all encompassing ISO 9001:2008 Quality System certified by Lloyds Quality Assurance.

Vanguard International in the UK will be responsible for setting up the UK Dealer Network and overseeing the International Network. Vanguard Marine LDA in Portugal will handle sales in Spain and Portugal as well as their retubing and RIB Repair Service.

Each RIB can be produced to the customer’s needs. Vanguard claim to be the only RIB Manufacturer to offer three fabric options; PVC-Hypertext and Elastar PU Polyurethane using the patented Thermosealing technology, as well as the hand glued Orca Hypalon which is always popular for harsh commercial environments.

By Jake Frith

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